Jill Barber

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Jill Barber
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Barber performing at 2007 Summer Sundae festival in Leicester, England
Background information
Born February 6, 1980
Port Credit, Ontario
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Folk rock, vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Outside Music
Website www.jillbarber.com

Jill Barber (born February 6, 1980)[1] is a Canadian singer-songwriter formerly based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally associated with the folk-pop genre, on her most recent albums she has performed vocal jazz.[2]


Raised in Port Credit - Toronto, she is sister to singer-songwriter Matthew Barber. She attended Queen's University before pursuing her musical career on a full-time basis.

Barber won the Female Artist Recording of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In 2007 Barber earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist (Female) in The Coast’s annual "Best of Music Reader’s Poll", and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female).

From February to March 2007 she toured eastern Canada with Dan Hill as part of Stuart McLean's CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. She returned to the Vinyl Cafe Tour in 2009 performing across Canada with Matt Anderson.

In 2008, Barber released Chances, a jazz album with full orchestral arrangements which was partially co-written with her producer Les Cooper, while also collaborating on several songs with Canadian music legend Ron Sexsmith. This album led to a new level in touring reaching audiences across the globe while earning two Juno Award nominations including New Artist of the Year. The title track to this album is featured on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black", at the end of season 1, episode 1.

She followed up with the album Mischievous Moon, released through Outside Music in 2011.[3] In the same year, Jill and Matthew Barber collaborated on a cover of The Hardship Post's "Your Sunshine", which appeared on the charity compilation album Have Not Been the Same - Vol. 1: Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die.[4]

Barber has performed predominantly in English, although she has also recorded and performed French translations of two of her songs, "All My Dreams" ("Tous mes rêves") and "Tell Me" ("Dis-moi").[5] Her 2013 album Chansons, a selection of cover versions of classic songs from Quebec and France, was her first album of material recorded and performed entirely in French.[2]

She is married to CBC Radio 3 personality Grant Lawrence.[6]

Her 2011 album debuted at No.31 on the Canadian Albums Chart.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Jill Barber performing at the 2007 Summer Sundae festival in Leicester, England
  • 2005 East Coast Music Awards
    • nominated Female Artist of the Year
    • nominated Folk Recording of the Year for the album Oh Heart
  • 2007 East Coast Music Awards
    • won Best Album of the Year for the album For All Time
    • won Female Artist of the Year
    • nominated Folk Recording of the Year
    • nominated Songwriter of the Year for the song "Don't Go Easy"
  • 2008 Juno Awards
    • nominated New Artist of the Year


  1. ^ Shuttleworth, Joanne (1 March 2008). "Sibling revelry / Close friends in life and allies in music, Jill and Matthew Barber join forces on tour". Guelph Mercury. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Jill Barber sings in French for 1st time with Chansons". CBC News, February 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Interview, Sorstu.ca (November 2010). "[1]".
  4. ^ "'Have Not Been the Same' Book Spawns Covers Comp Featuring Kevin Drew, the Hidden Cameras, Great Lake Swimmers, Bry Webb". Exclaim!, November 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jill Barber embraces French on new album Chansons". Postmedia News, January 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Surgeoner, Brae (November 2008). "Jill Barber: This is no faded love", BeatRoute. Retrieved April 19, 2010.

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